I am a research fellow at the University of Szeged, in Hungary. I do
research at the overlap between computer science and social science. I
am interested in open distributed systems that include both machine and
human agencies where the imposition
of central control is not an option
and one can't rely on the "invisible hands" of orthodox economic (or
game) theory. A synthesis is required between new kinds of social
theory applicable to the artificial domain and distributed
self-organising systems programming. Such a synthesis could transform, not just technology but,
human societies in profound
I have explored these ideas through evolutionary cooperation theory, complex networks, agent-based modelling and
peer-to-peer systems. Recently I have become interested in how open
distributed systems might provide novel ways to supportfinancial functionswithout the need for centralised
institutions such as banks. I am also interested in the application of
new approaches to collective coordinationthat focus on social interaction
rather than traditional economics-type incentive mechanisms.
Rahman, R., Vinko, T., Hales, D., Pouwelse, J. and Sips, H.
(2011). Design Space Analysis for Modeling Incentives in Distributed
SIGCOMM 2011. PDF.
Hales, D., (2010) Rationality meets the Tribe: Recent Models of
Cultural Group Selection. In Mollona, E., (ed) Computational Analysis
of Firms’ Organization and Strategic Behaviour. Routledge. PDF.
Hales, D., Rahman, R., Zhang, B., Meulpolder M., and Pouwelse, J.
(2009) BitTorrent or BitCrunch: Evidence of a credit squeeze in
BitTorrent? Proceedings of the 5th IEEE Collaborative Peer-to-Peer
Systems (COPS) Workshop. PDF.
Hales, D. & Arteconi, S. (2006) SLACER: A Self-Organizing
Protocol for Coordination in P2P Networks. IEEE Intelligent Systems,
Hales, D. & Edmonds, B. (2005) Applying a socially-inspired
technique (tags) to improve cooperation in P2P Networks. IEEE
Transactions in Systems, Man and Cybernetics - Part A: Systems and
Humans, 35(3):385-395. PDF.
Hales, D. (2014) Modelling Collective Commons Problems: Future
Scenarios for P2P “Money”. Invited talk presented at ESRC Diversity in
Macro Economics Conference, University of Essex, Feb. 24, 2014. Slides:
PDF. Abstract of
Hales, D. (2011) The social transformation and your role in it.
Invited talk - PhD in progress workshop at the ECCS2011 conference, Vienna, 14th
Halas, D. (2011) Denationalising Money: can quality emerge?
Presented at the NESS workshop at
the ECCS2011 conference, Vienna,
14th Sept. PDF. Abstract of
Hales, D. (2011) The Socio-Economics of P2P Systems. Invited talk
- Warwick Business School Exective MBA programme, Warwick, UK, 16th